Monday, April 12, 2021

Buffalo Raceway Picks for Wednesday 4/14

Below are my selections for Buffalo Raceway's 10-race card on Wednesday night with a post time of 5 p.m. You can wager on Buffalo Raceway at TVG, Twinspires, Bet America, NYRA Bets, Finger Lakes Bets and other ADW platforms and simulcast locations. In the 'Handicapping Challenge", Brian Mazurek has 52 wins, Wayne Teaven 45 and Paige Usiak 36. There will be a $3,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.

                             WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14TH, POST TIME: 5 p.m.

I will play $2 win tickets and $2 cold exactas on each race and a $1 trifecta key with the top selection in each race. I will also play $2 daily double tickets along with a cold $1 Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5.

Saturday night, I had three winners, Way To Go Fabieo ($6.10) in the first, Keystone Keen ($4.90) in the second and Sure Please ($4.20) in the fifth. I also hit the first race exacta for $24.00 and trifecta for $51.50 and the early daily double for $16.20.

Wednesday night's total investment: $70.00

Saturday night's total winnings: $106.90

Best bet: 7-for-16: 43.75%

Winning percentage: 52-for-173: 30.05%

Top choice in the money: 119-for-173 68.78%

Bankroll: minus $68.65

Handicapping Challenge:

Brian Mazurek-52

Wayne Teaven-45

Paige Usiak-36

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Buffalo Raceway Weekly Recap for 4/11

With the temperature reaching over 80 degrees at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 10), it was perfect 'beach' weather, Santana Beach ($15.40) weather that is.

Rising up through the harness racing ranks the past few weeks, Santana Beach (Kevin Cummings) found his new level, the $10,000 Class AA-Open Handicapped classification, just fine by rolling to a two length victory over Southwind Onyx in 1:54.3, the fastest time of the 2021 meet.
Santana Beach rolls to another win.

Back on March 6, Santana Beach paced to a four length score in the Class C division in 1:56.4. From there, it's been a steady climb onward and upwards with success found at each tougher division. After a victory last week in the Class A bracket, it was time for another jump for Santana Beach and it turned out to be another win.
Sitting third past the half, Santana Beach started his first over journey and eventually went by the pace-setting Mr Ham Sandwich approaching the final panel.
In the lane, a 28.3 final split was more than enough for Santana Beach to collect his third straight victory and fourth in his last five appearances. Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings) made a mild bid late to finish second while Stratosphere (Drew Monti) finished in third.
Owned by Jason Newell and trained by Richard Roth, it was the fourth win in seven tries for the 6-year-old gelded Santana Beach (Santanna Blue Chip Beachs Luck). The victory jumped his seasonal earnings to $16,614 and $192,585 in his career.
Thor De Vie romped by 4-3/4 lengths in the $8,800 Class A pace by wiring the field for driver Kevin Cummings in a seasonal best of 1:54.4.
There was little drama in the event as Thor De Vie went the middle splits in :56.3 which proved to be too much for the rest of the field. Loaded Deck (Shawn McDonough) took the runner up position with Beachy Dream (Jim Morrill Jr.) placing third.

Co-owned by trainer Jim Graham, Lee Winters, Giuseppe Micchia and Paul Tandlmeyer, it was the second win in seven starts this season for Thor De Vie (So Surreal - Pebblebeach De Vie). The victory took his 2021 bankroll to $14,408 and $275,058 lifetime.

Once Ellieonthemove got 'moving', there was no stopping her as she romped to a throttled down 1-3/4 length win over Laughing Emoji N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,000 Class A-Open Pace for the fillies and mares on Wednesday night (April 7).

 With the field being trimmed down to five due to the scratch of Blue Bell Bonnie, Ellieonthemove was parked for most of the opening quarter as Yankee Secret tried to take some of the starch out of her.
That ploy didn't work as once Ellieonthemove ($3.50) got in gear, there was no looking back.
Ellieonthemove couldn't be stopped.

Grabbing the front end after an opening split of :28.2, driver Kevin Cummings and Ellieonthemove were never in danger after that as he guided her to fractions of :58.0 and 1:27.1, crossing the line in 1:56.1 over the fast track. Laughing Emoji N (David McNeight III) rallied late for the place position with Yankee Secret (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.
Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, Ellieonthemove (Well Said - Ireneonthemove) is a 6-year-old mare that has now earned $17,316 this season and $110,564 lifetime. It was her fourth victory in 10 tries in 2021.
In the $7,200 Class B Pace for the ladies, Robintheatm (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected her fourth straight win by holding off Supreme Dumpling (Billy Davis Jr.) by a half length in 1:56.4.
Robintheatm ($9.30) is owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama. The 9-year-old mare has now bankrolled $13,825 on the season and $167,162 in her career.
Keystone Apache ($4.40) went first over just before the half and cruised home from there in collecting a four length score in 1:59.3 over Barn Beast (Kevin Cummings) in the $7.200 Class B Trot.
Owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock and trained by Maria Rice, it was the third decision in six attempts for Keystone Apache. The 6-year-old gelding has now produced $8,625 in winnings on the campaign and $232,367 lifetime.


 There were no claims made during the week, thus the number of claims on the season remains at four.

In the Handicapping Challenge, Brian Mazurek continues to lead the way with 52 victories while Wayne Teaven is next in line with 45 and Paige Usiak 36.
Things are really beginning to bunch up at the top of the Buffalo Raceway driver's standings as Jim Morrill Jr. continues to show the way with 33 victories but defending champion Billy Davis Jr. is close behind with 31 and Kevin Cummings with 27.

Morrill Jr. found the winner's circle twice on the week with both victories coming on Wednesday evening. He still leads the UDR ratings with .449.
Driver Kevin Cummings

Davis Jr. crept closer thanks to a four-win stretch, getting three on Wednesday and adding a single on Saturday. 

Cummings, who is just three victories shy from hitting the 4,000-win plateau in his career, had five on the week including a four-bagger on Saturday night along with one on Wednesday to keep himself in the thick of the race. He is also the top purse earner among the drivers with $140,059.

Shawn McDonough had three victories on the week, getting two on Wednesday and adding another on Saturday.

Ray Fisher Jr., who is in fourth place in the rankings, collected three wins on the week, posting a single on Wednesday and adding two more on Saturday. 

David McNeight III was the only other with multiple driving wins on the week, get one on both the Wednesday and Saturday programs.

There were 12 different drivers who had at least one win on the week.

Buffalo Raceway's Driver's Standings (Wins, UDR, Purse Earnings)
1. Jim Morrill Jr. (33, .449, $134,660)
2. Billy Davis Jr. (31, .323, $137,061)
3. Kevin Cummings (27, .372, $140,059)
4. Ray Fisher Jr. (17, .259, $108,417)
4. David McNeight III (16, .246, $109,463)
While Shawn McDonough was finding success in the sulky last week, he also made three visits to the winner's circle as a trainer. He posted two wins on Wednesday and added another on Saturday which pushed him into the top five in the trainer's standings with eight victories.
Trainer/driver Shawn McDonough

Lee Dahn's stable is beginning to heat up as he produced three wins on the week with one coming on Wednesday and two on Saturday's card.

Gerry Sarama continues to show the way atop the leaderboard with 31 wins. He had two victories on Wednesday to increase his margin over second place Maria Rice to 13. Sarama is the top purse earner with $134,400.

Rice had one win during the week and continues to lead the way in the UTR rankings with a .419 score.
Jim Graham had two scores on the week with one coming on each of the Wednesday and Saturday cards.

Ryan Swift, who is in fourth place in the standings, scored a double on Saturday to move her total to nine.

There were 17 different conditioners who had at least one winner during the 24-race week.

Buffalo Raceway's Trainer's Standings (wins, UTR, Purse Earnings)
1. Gerry Sarama (31, .395, $134,400)
2. Maria Rice (18, .419, $81,745)
3. Jim McNeight (10, .193, $50,415)
4. Ryan Swift (9, .259, $40,500)
5. Shawn McDonough (8, .203, $46,790)
The handle for the week showed $329,945 for the 12-race program on Wednesday while Saturday's 12-race card was $238,330 for a total of $568,275 of and a nightly average of $284,137. The previous week's total handle was $396,599.
The Pick 5 and Pick 4 wagers are becoming more and more popular and some nice payouts have been made. I will be keeping track of the payouts as the season rolls along. The Pick 5 begins each night in the second race and the Pick 4 starts in the seventh race with all having a base wager of 50 cents. The average Pick 5 payoff has been $1898.38 and the Pick 4 is $420.44. 

The largest payoff of the season in the Pick 4 happened on Saturday with a price returned of $2,015.25

There will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 in the Pick 5 on Wednesday night beginning in the second race.. 

1/27/2021: $499.50
1/30/2021: No winner
2/3/2021: $971.50
2/6/2021: Racing cancelled
2/10/2021: $2,250.00
2/13/2021: No winner
2/17/2021: $149,25
2/20/2021: Racing cancelled
2/24/2021: Racing cancelled
2/27/2021: Racing cancelled
3/3/2021: $642.50
3/6/2021: No winner
3/10/2021: $676.00
3/13/2021: $1,685.50
3/17/2021: No winner
3/20/2021: $6,789.00
3/24/2021: No winner
3/27/2021: $4,654.50
3/31/2021: Racing cancelled
4/3/2021: Racing cancelled
4/7/2021: $2,250.00
4/10/2021: $314.50
Pick 4:
1/27/2021: $164,50
1/29/2021: $353.50
2/3/2021: $88.00
2/6/2021: Racing cancelled
2/10/2021: $16.70
2/13/2021: $833.00
2/17/2021: $744.50
2/20/2021: Racing cancelled
2/24/2021: Racing cancelled
2/27/2021: Racing cancelled
3/3/2021: $95.00
3/6/2021: $1,179.00
3/10/2021: $230.75
3/13/2021: $82.75
3/17/2021: $410.50
3/20/2021: $272.50
3/24/2021: $15.60
3/27/2021: $71.00
3/31/2021: Racing cancelled
4/3/2021: Racing cancelled
4/7/2021: $63.50
4/10/2021: $2,105.25
Once again, I'd like to thank Buffalo Raceway photographer Bill Burke for supplying me with great shots he takes all season long. If you'd like a picture or other items he can make of your horse, go to and Bill will take care of all you needs.
The four, five and six post was the hot spots during the 24-race week with the four slot leading the way with five while the five and six followed closely with four apiece.

The five post still leads the way on the season with 36 victories while the four hole is next with 34and the one with 31.

Every post on the starting grid had at least one win on the week with the exception of the eight which was blanked.

Wins by post position (week/year):
1. 3 (31)
2. 3 (26)
3. 3 (25)
4. 5 (34)
5. 4 (36)
6. 4 (14)
7. 2 (11)
8. 0 (4)
The post time favorites at Buffalo Raceway are hitting at a 41.04 clip. On Wednesday evening, the favorites took 4-of-12 while Saturday night saw the favorites take 4-of-12 races with favorites winning 8 of the 24 events on the week for a 33.33 percentage.
A pair of pacers have taken the lead for the most wins at Buffalo Raceway on the campaign as Robintheatm and Santana Beach each found the winner's circle four times this season.

Surprisingly, there are now 30 horses tied second with two victories on the season at Buffalo Raceway. A total of 18 pacers have two wins while 12 trotters have notched a pair of victories.

Santana Beach is the leading money winner at the track as the pacer has put $16,614 in the bank. The leading trotter in purse earnings is Mr Quaker with $9,560.
Buffalo Raceway will resume action on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with an 10-race card scheduled. The racing then will continue on Saturday evening with another 6 p.m. post. 

There will be a guaranteed pool of $3,000 in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.

Note that there will not be any Friday night racing in April as previously scheduled. 

For more information including entries, replay, results and entries, go to or follow along on Facebook or Twitter. You can also watch the replay of each night's feature event at the bottom of that night's story on the Buffalo Raceway news page.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Buffalo Raceway Wednesday Post Is 5 p.m.

Buffalo Raceway will present a 12-race card on Wednesday with a new post time set for 5 p.m. This post will remain in effect until the end of the 2021 season.

Wednesday's action will also feature a $3,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick 5 that begins in the second race.

Racing will continue on Saturday night with the usual 6 p.m. start time.

For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Buffalo Raceway 2021 Live Racing Schedule

The 2021 Buffalo Raceway live harness racing schedule has been released.

The action will begin on Wednesday, January 27th with a 5 p.m. post time. Racing will continue on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. Friday night racing will be added starting April 2nd with a start time of 5 p.m. Beginning on April 3rd, Saturday cards will move to 6 p.m. There are three special 7:15 p.m. posts set for Saturday, May 1st, Saturday, May 15th and Saturday, June 5th to accommodate thoroughbred's Triple Crown events.

There are two Sunday afternoon programs set, June 20th and 27th with a starting time of 12:30 p.m. There will no Friday racing on June 18th and 25th.

The 66-day day meet will conclude on Saturday, July 17th.

For more information on Buffalo Raceway, go to

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Buffalo Raceway Stall Applications Available

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Stall applications for the upcoming 2021 live harness racing season at Buffalo Raceway are now available through several different sources.

Applications have been mailed out and can also be obtained at or picked up at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office located at Batavia Downs.

Deadline to return the form is Friday, December 11.

Racing at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg is tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 27. The 66-day meet will conclude on Saturday, July 17. 

For the latest news and race information, go to